A Russian Su-35 fighter jet was scrambled on Tuesday to intercept two US strategic nuclear B-52H bombers which Moscow claim were “flying in the direction of the state border of the Russian Federation.”
This is the second intercept by Russian fighter jets in a week against US aircraft as last week a Reaper MQ-9 drone which was gathering intelligence was downed by a Russian warplane which crashed in the Black Sea.
The Russian Ministry said the Su-35 fighter was scrambled to prevent “a violation of the state border” by the B-52 bombers, adding the aircraft had reached a “designated air patrol area.”
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The Ministry said, according to TASS, “On March 20, 2023, the radars of the air defence forces of the Western Military District on duty detected two air targets flying in the direction of the state border of the Russian Federation over the Baltic Sea.”
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The Ministry said, “After the foreign military aircraft moved away from the state border of the Russian Federation, the Russian plane returned to its home base,” adding that the Su-35 was in line with international air law.
“No violation of the state border of the Russian Federation was permitted.”